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    Easy Tofu Tacos Recipe

    If you're looking for a taco recipe that everyone will eat, you've come to the right place. Technically we could call this a vegan tofu taco recipe, but you don't have to be vegan to love it. Tacos are a universal favorite.

    We've included options for those who prefer a vegetarian taco too.

    We've also covered pretty much everything you've ever wanted to know about tofu - and a lot more besides - in our FAQs section.

    First, though, here's how to make tofu tacos that will please everyone!

      Tofu Tacos FAQs

      #1 How do you crumble tofu?

      The easiest way is with your fingers. Simply pick up the block of tofu and break it into little pieces. Be careful not to crumble it too much. Tofu for tacos needs to be in pieces that are a similar size to ground beef.

      #2 How do you make tofu taste like ground beef?

      If you or anyone in your house is missing the taste of ground beef, here's how to make tofu taste more like ground beef.

      • Step one: Freeze it! By freezing and then thawing tofu, its texture will be more similar to that of ground beef. To freeze unopened tofu, put it in the freezer as is. For freezing opened tofu, drain the water and wrap your leftover tofu carefully in plastic wrap beforehand. Tofu that is frozen without being opened will keep for up to 6 months. Once opened tofu has been frozen, you'll want to use it within 3 months.
      • Step two: Remove excess water by pressing your tofu. There will be extra water after it's been frozen. Then crumble it with your fingers.
      • Step three: Cook and add the spices according to this vegan tacos with tofu recipe!

      #4 Is tofu filling?

      Tofu is filling and delicious! The great thing about tofu is that it's a form of meat-free protein that satisfies while leaving you light rather than heavy or bloated.

      #5 Is tofu vegan?

      Tofu is vegan, yes, because it's made from soybeans. There are no animal products in tofu. Vegetarians, meat-eaters and vegans can all enjoy the same meal together.

      #6 How is tofu made?

      Tofu is made from soybeans that are soaked, crushed, and then boiled. Then the resulting mass is separated into the pulp and the 'milk' (soy milk). Once the curds and whey are separated from the soy milk, the milk is poured into molds so that the whey can drain off, leaving blocks of tofu that are stored in water. 

      #7 What are the benefits of tofu?

      Tofu is a healthy, low-fat form of protein (6-8%) and also contains calcium, iron, and potassium.

      #8 Can I make my tacos ahead of time?

      You can easily make the filling ahead of time, as well as the tomato salsa. In fact, if you make the filling the night before, the flavors will have even more time to blend so your tacos will be taste better!

      #9 How can I make even faster tofu tacos?

      You can speed things up by making your own taco seasoning ahead of time.

      Combine equal amounts of chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and onion powder. Store in a glass jar or other airtight container in a cool, dry place. Your spice mixture will last for up to 6 months.

      When ready to use, just add 10 tsp or a scant 1/4 cup of your mixture to the recipe. Easy!

      #10 What can I do with leftover tofu filling?

      Any leftover filling from your tofu tacos can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

      #11 What other dishes can I make with the filling?

      There are SO many options that I will list them here for you. You can also make:

      • Mexican-style spaghetti! The filling makes a great topping for traditional pasta, gluten-free pasta, or spiralized zucchini.
      • Enchiladas! To make enchiladas, fill corn tortillas with a healthy dollop of filling (adding beans and cheese if you wish) and roll up the tortilla. Lay the rolled tortillas across the bottom of a baking dish. Pour some enchilada sauce over the top and top with plenty of grated cheese (cheddar or dairy-free), and bake at 350°F until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly (about 20-30 min).
      • Huevos Rancheros! Heat up the filling and serve over eggs, with some fresh tomato salsa on the side. Mexican breakfast in a snap!
      • Cheezy Fries! Serve a dollop of filling over fries with melted cheese.
      • Nachos! Spread out some tortilla chips evenly over a lined baking tray. Cover with grated cheese and put under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.
      • Chili Burrito Bowls! Serve over cooked rice, quinoa, or buckwheat. And don't forget the cheese and cream on top. Tasty tacos, without the tortillas
      • Crispy Tacos! Use hard corn shells for tacos. Put them on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven at 375°F for 5 min, or layer them with damp paper towels and heat for 30 seconds on high in the microwave.

      #12 I have a vegan taco recipe that tells me to press the tofu. How do I do that?

      The easiest way to press tofu is to use a tofu press, but if you don't have one available you can press your tofu like this: put the block on a plate, with another plate on top smashing the tofu. Put a heavy can on top of the upper plate. The weight of the can will press the excess water out of your tofu.

      #13 I like crispy tofu tacos, how can I make the filling crispy?

      For an extra-crispy vegan taco filling, pop the tofu mixture under the broiler for a few minutes.

      #14 I have tortillas but they've gotten hard, how can I make my tortillas softer?

      Here's how they do it in Mexico: Completly wet your stiff tortillas under the faucet (no we're not joking!). Then heat them over an open gas flame for a few minutes on both sides till soft.

      #15 Anything I can use instead of tofu?

      Tofu is really delicious in this recipe, but if you can't eat it or don't have tofu, you can substitute tempeh or any vegetarian substitute for ground beef (or ground beef of course, if you eat meat).


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